The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) announces a special installation from Istanbul-born artist Refik Anadol. Entitled Refik Anadol: Unsupervised, three digital pieces of artwork will be unveiled which use artificial intelligence (AI) to reimagine over 200 years of the MoMA’s art collectibles.
Each piece is 24 feet by 24 feet and located in the Museum’s Gund Floor Lobby. These AI data sculptures come with custom software, sound, digital animation via a LED screen and have been composed through a generative algorithm using AI.
“This project reshapes the relationship between the physical and the virtual, the real and the unreal,” says Michelle Kuo, who helped organize the showing. “Often AI is used to classify, process, and generate realistic representations of the world. Anadol’s work, by contrast, is visionary: it explores dreams, hallucination, and irritationality, posing an alternative understanding of modern art — and of artmaking itself.
This marks the second run of the machine-learning-focused project from Anadol, who in 2021, presented this process of work via Feral File, a digital art platform which converted MoMA’s collection and gave viewers a new visual experience of already established works. He launched each piece as an NFT (both large and small editions) via a live auction. Now, he has tweaked the look by adjusting light, sound, movement, and weather to adapt to new surroundings and shed another generative exploration of data art.
The project is sponsored by Hyundai Card.
The project will be on display from Nov.19, 2022, to Mar. 5, 2023.